At Advanced Liposuction Center, we find that patients often have preconceived ideas about fat transfer procedures.  Often times these notions are incorrect. At Hermitage, our plastic surgeons want you to be informed. There have been considerable medical advances since liposuction first came on the scene. The systems we use for removing fat have been modernized.  Now a high percentage of the fat removed can be safely and effectively used in other parts of your body. We want you to better understand today’s fat transfer procedures.  To that end, we’ve compiled some true/false statements below to test your fat transfer knowledge.

Almost any patient, male or female, is a good candidate for a fat transfer procedure.

TRUE: You are most likely a good candidate for a fat transfer if you meet these two criteria:  You are in good general health.  You want to remove fat from one area of the body to plump up and add volume to another part of the body. We often use fat transfers to repair damage from trauma or an accident. Before undergoing the procedure, meet with one of our expert plastic surgeons to define your goals.  We’ll discuss the best methods for achieving them.

Fat transfer is a complicated procedure that requires a significant recovery period.

FALSE: At Advanced Liposuction Center, we utilize the latest techniques and cutting-edge technology. We use Aqua Lipo, water assisted liposuction, and power assisted liposuction.  We also employ ultrasonic liposuction and vibro liposuction. These procedures are known to have the highest success rates for gently removing fat without damaging it. The harvested fat is then placed into a centrifuge.  This eliminates excess fluids and dead cells before we inject them into the desired area. The entire procedure is done under mild sedation and local anesthesia. The recovery period is short–approximately 2-3 weeks.

Dermal fillers are a safer alternative to fat transfers.

FALSE: Dermal fillers are ideal choice in certain situations.  But a fat transfer has zero chance of allergic reaction or rejection. Because you are using your own body tissue for this procedure, you are not introducing anything foreign into the body.

To find out if a fat transfer is the right choice for you, contact one of our Pittsburgh area offices today by calling: 724-683-7581. The consultation is free.